When addressing diversity, companies often refer to diversity of thought as part of their definition of diversity while overlooking identity and background as they construct an executive board, according to Marta Geletkanycz, associate professor of strategic management at Boston College. While diversity of thought should be part of the equation, using it as a replacement rather than a supplement to cultural diversity does not promote true inclusion and diversity, she said.
Despite sponsorship being an informal process in the workplace, taking initiative and pushing sponsors toward diverse mentees will help create a diverse pipeline going forward, writes Lisa Toppin, vice president, chief diversity officer and talent manager leader at LPL Financial. The employees who move up are those who prove themselves as mentees to their sponsors and diversity will move up if successful, diverse sponsorships occur at the lower levels.
To ensure implicit bias is addressed and curbed beyond just offering training for employees, companies must understand each point of potential implicit bias in an employee's life cycle and make sure all levels of employees are aware they may not stay with the company if they do not address their bias, writes Natasha Bowman, CEO of talent management and leadership consulting firm Performance ReNEW. Additionally, implementing effective processes, analyzing employee data and surveying employees are also helpful in addressing implicit bias.
Scientists are finding bats and dolphins overcome attempts to jam their echolocation signals by altering their signals' pitch or tempo, writes Emily Willingham. This study may lead to developments in technology that improve the quality of "active sensing" devices, such as self-driving cars.
Two years after a peace agreement declared an end to its lengthy civil war, Colombia is enjoying a surge in tourism, and its government is working to expand the sector. While the country's sensational past as a drug cartel mecca draws visitors, officials emphasize exotic sites, cultural features and wellness.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport North is now under the management of NewcrestImage. The Dallas-based firm has bought, built and managed more than 100 hotels, and currently has 28 properties in its portfolio, with 15 projects in the pipeline.
A preview unfolded of Surfside Inn and Suites, which is scheduled to open next summer as Universal Orlando Resort's seventh hotel. The beach-themed property comprises 750 rooms and two-bedroom suites, with rates starting below $100 a night.